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Paper Writing Life Hacks

So I've spent half the night [probable spam link removed]. Two of them. I started off with one while I'm trying to finish the other paper, having it done days before and forgetting about it. Juggling two papers at the same time is never that easy, especially if you're fighting stress and sleepiness. So you do some life hacks with your papers. Aside from the usual coffee and chocolate to keep you up at night, here are other ways for you to get those papers done, at least almost before the deadline.

1. Start with writing the middle paragraphs. This sounds like breaking the rules in writing, but it certainly works for me. With a main idea to guide me, I write first the facts and then the cause and effects about the topic. Warning: this only works if your essay isn't the argumentative type, like more for narrative and cause-and-effect essays.

2. Use Google Scholar to help you find academic articles if you don't have time to go to the library. Don't forget to cite your sources!

3. Do your writings on your desktop/laptop because let's face it, you don't have time and luxury to write it on paper and type it afterwards. There are also helpful writing tools available online, like grammar checkers, dictionaries/thesaurus and plagiarism checkers.

3. If you feel like you're done, re-read your essay in case you overlooked or missed something, plus self-corrections.

4. Rest every 15 minutes so that you can recharge yourself.

5. If you're really sleepy, go ahead and sleep. That's better than falling asleep in class the next day.

The goal here is to complete your papers in a short while. Oh, and by the way, resist the urge to go online on Facebook if you're working on a paper!

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